Top 100 Golf Courses of Ireland 2014

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Top 100 Golf Courses of Ireland 2014

Top 100 Golf Courses revises its Republic of Ireland golf course rankings

21st December 2013

Tralee Golf ClubTop 100 Golf Courses is proud to present its latest rankings for the twenty-six counties that constitute the Republic of Ireland. We established our Irish chart back in 2006, so this is the 5th biennial edition of the Emerald Isle’s Top 100 listings.

There aren’t any dramatic upward or downward moves at the top end of chart and within the all-links Top 10, only three courses change place this time around. Tralee (now position 6) swaps places with County Sligo (Championship) and Rosapenna (Sandy Hills) drops one place, replaced by the Island.

Killeen Castle Golf ClubSubstantial upward movement does take place further down the chart, where Shannon (up twenty-two places to 64) and Castletroy (also up twenty-two spots to 68) make the joint biggest climb towards the top.

Significant fallers this time around include Killarney (Mahoney’s Point) (down eighteen places to 75) and three courses that each drops ten positions: Skellig Bay (now number 66), Naas (new position 76) and New Forest (now ranked at 80).

Esker Hills Golf ClubTwo years ago, we had fourteen new entries to liven up the Top 100 but, this time around, there are only five. The first of these courses is Esker Hills at position 73, where it’s actually a re-entry because it featured at number 84 in 2008 and position 100 in 2010.

Similarly, Knightsbrook returns to the Top 100 chart at number 93, having made our 2008 list at number 60 and our 2010 rankings at position 82.

Completing the line-up of new courses in our 2014 Irish listings, you’ll find County Mayo’s Ballinrobe (at number 94), County Meath’s Headfort (Old) (at position 98) and Portarlington from County Laois (at number 100).

We always welcome feedback at Top 100 Golf Courses… in fact it’s positively encouraged, so please let us know if, in your opinion, there any Irish courses that are too high or too low in the standings.

Are there any entries in our Irish Top 100 that shouldn’t even be there at all or have we perhaps missed a course which should have made the cut, like one of the dozen or so layouts that we included in previous rankings?

Top 100 has never claimed to be “definitive” but we do strive to create the most “informed” golf course rankings. If you’ve played a course in our Irish Top 100 then we’d be delighted to hear what you think of it, so why not post a course review or two?

Jim McCann
Editor
www.top100golfcourses.com

Rank

Course

Move

1

Ballybunion (Old)

No change

2

Lahinch (Old)

No change

3

Portmarnock (Old)

No change

4

Waterville

No change

5

European Club

No change

6

Tralee

Up 1

7

County Sligo (Championship)

Down 1

8

County Louth

No change

9

Ballyliffin (Glashedy)

No change

10

Island

Up 3

11

Rosapenna (Sandy Hills)

Down 1

12

Enniscrone (Dunes)

Down 1

13

Carne

Up 1

14

Doonbeg

Down 2

15

Old Head

Up 3

16

Adare Manor

Down 1

17

Druids Glen

No change

18

Mount Juliet

Down 2

19

Donegal

No change

20

Ballyliffin (Old)

No change

21

K Club (Palmer)

No change

22

Carton House (Montgomerie)

No change

23

Portmarnock Hotel Links

Up 1

24

Killarney (Killeen)

Down 1

25

Headfort (New)

Up 3

26

Portsalon

Up 1

27

Killeen Castle

Up 9

28

Royal Dublin

Down 3

29

Connemara

Up 4

30

Dooks

Down 4

31

Fota Island (Deerpark)

No change

32

Ballybunion (Cashen)

Up 11

33

Concra Wood

Down 1

34

Narin & Portnoo

Up 1

35

Carton House (O'Meara)

Up 9

36

Carlow (Deerpark)

Up 7

37

Palmerstown House

Down 7

38

K Club (Smurfit)

Up 1

39

Rosapenna (Old)

Up 8

40

Heritage

Down 2

41

Slieve Russell

Down 7

42

Cork

No change

43

Rosslare (Championship)

Down 6

44

Tullamore

Up 1

45

Rathcore

Up 5

46

Seapoint

Down 6

47

Westport

Up 1

48

Tramore

Up 10

49

Dingle - Ceann Sibeal

Down 3

50

Rathsallagh

Down 9

51

Dromoland Castle

Up 11

52

Portumna

Up 4

53

Strandhill

Down 2

54

Mullingar

Down 1

55

Curragh

Down 6

56

Tulfarris

Up 8

57

Luttrellstown Castle

Up 4

58

Bunclody

Down 3

59

Mount Wolseley

No change

60

Woodenbridge

Up 7

61

Druids Heath

Down 7

62

Castle

Up 3

63

Powerscourt (West)

No change

64

Shannon

Up 22

65

Hermitage

Up 10

66

Skellig Bay

Down 14

67

Arklow

Up 1

68

Castletroy

Up 22

69

Grange

Down 9

70

Dun Laoghaire

Up 11

71

Farnham Estate

Up 14

72

Athlone

Up 4

73

Esker Hills

NEW

74

Laytown & Bettystown

Up 13

75

Killarney (Mahoney's Point)

Down 18

76

Naas

Down 10

77

Galway Bay

Up 1

78

Moyvalley

Down 9

79

Cruit Island

Up 4

80

New Forest

Down 10

81

Bantry Bay

Down 4

82

Gowran Park

Down 9

83

Birr

Up 5

84

Castlemartyr

Up 12

85

Glasson

Down 5

86

St Anne's

Up 14

87

Coollattin

Up 5

88

Dundrum

Down 14

89

Greenore

No change

90

Macreddin

Up 1

91

Galway

Down 9

92

Powerscourt (East)

Up 2

93

Knightsbrook

NEW

94

Ballinrobe

NEW

95

Kilkenny

Down 11

96

Bearna

Down 17

97

Nenagh

Down 2

98

Headfort (Old)

NEW

99

Rossmore

No change

100

Portarlington

NEW

Click to explore in detail our new 2014 Ireland Top 100

For those interested, the five courses that made way for the new are: Ashford Castle, Connemara Isles, Lisheen Spings (formerly South County), Wicklow and Dundalk